Long before Pinterest, there was the community cookbook, an authentic collection of shared recipes that told the story of a people and a place. We cooked from dozens of our dog-eared favorites to unearth vintage recipes for today's home cook.
Haunted by a tragic but not forgotten past, Louisiana’s plantations not only display some of the most beautiful architecture in the South, but they also symbolize the evolution of the Creole culture. Back when Louisiana planters enjoyed high society in the Crescent City, family cooks would shop the market and prepare six-course meals for elaborate social events, which sometimes included French royalty. As a tribute to the heritage and cuisine, The Junior League of New Orleans compiled The Plantation Cookbook, complete with line drawings of mansions throughout the state, historical notes and directions for each, and over 300 recipes that honor Creole cooking.